October 24, 2006 Subject:
On The Banks Of The Old Raritan
This certainly not a "negro spiritual" and the reference to the similarities between it and Auld Lang Syne is baffling to say the least. The song was written in 1873 by then Rutgers student Howard Fullerton. It is set to the tune of "By the Banks of the Old Dundee" a tune apparently popular in that period.
April 20, 2006 Subject:
best recording of this song
I learned this song from an old Rutgers grad, then became a follower of their best athletic team, the women's basketball team. their band plays this song, the Alma Mater, at the end of every home game, and it's stirring to listen to. even more so is this old recording of the song. the only other recording of it I know of is by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and, sad to say, they turned a catchy jaunty song into a dirge. this recording captures the uplifting nature of the song, the pride of the 1874 Rutgers man who wrote it, and the pride of what few Rutgers students still know the words. If a CD was ever released by the Peerless Quartet, on, say, Archeophone or ASV Living Era, and this song was on it, I'd pay more than the usual price to own it.
June 17, 2005 Subject:
And a happy new year to you
A bit of a negro spiritual here (I think). The vocal and lyrics are not bad. The main problem to this is that this is exactly the same melody Auld Lang Syne takes, which really scales back points of originality I'm sorry to say.